Canada surpasses its target – Another Express Entry draw issues 5,000 ITAs!

Canada surpasses its target – Another Express Entry draw issues 5,000 ITAs!

In a new Express Entry draw, conducted on December 9, Canada welcomed 5,000 immigration applicants to apply for permanent residency.

A Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 469 was needed for candidates in order to be invited.

This December 9 draw breaks a record high number of invites this year and takes to the total number of ITAs issued to 102,350.

Canada’s Express Entry system handles the candidate profiles of the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) for three of Canada’s major economic-class immigration programs.

A score dependent on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is assigned to candidates in these programs, as well as certain Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Points are awarded based on the human capital factors of an applicant. Factors such as age, education, work experience, and language ability are responsible for the final CRS score.

An ITA is earned by the highest scoring applicants, which they will then use to apply for Canadian permanent residency.

To date, the number of ITAs issued in this draw is the highest it’s ever been. On November 18, when a record-breaking 5,000 ITAs were issued, Canada exceeded its ITA target. Also, there has never been a single year when the number of ITAs issued exceeded 100,000.

The high number of ITAs is in line with the commitment made by the Government of Canada to accept over 400,000 new immigrants in 2021 – most of them processed through the Express Entry System.

The tie-breaking rule is implemented by the IRCC in the event of a tie between applicants. Applicants who had a CRS score of 469 or more, had to submit their Express Entry profile before June 4, 2020, at 22:26:05 UTC to receive an ITA in this draw.

This is the second time in a row that the requirement for CRS has fallen to 469. For all program drawings, the CRS threshold has usually hovered above 470. The Federal Skilled Trades Program-only draws on August 6 welcomed trade workers with a CRS of 415, and previous Canadian Experience Class-only draws fell in the 440s. PNP-only drawings have higher requirements and an additional 600 CRS points are additionally awarded to Express Entry applicants who obtain a provincial nomination. For Express Entry candidates who have a lower CRS score, PNPs provide alternate paths to Canadian permanent residency.

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